Scaling The Realms
\"The Illusionary Forest\"
[The Eye of Providence] was a skill that the player could get early on the Obelisk, but it was classified as a unique skill, meaning only one player could ever get it. Naturally that player was Nico. He was about half way through the Obelisk before he noticed the way to get the skill. Fortunately, no one had already gotten the skill before he did.
And the way to get the skill all started here, in the illusion of ”The Illusionary Forest ”.
Finding a new determination to get [The Eye of Providence], Nico stood up and started solving the puzzle of the illusion.
To get out of the illusion, the player had to find one tree which was slightly different from all of the surrounding trees in the illusion and stab it. Do this three times in a row and then you are released from the illusion.
After closely inspecting all of the surrounding trees, Nico found the one that was slightly different.
”Here it is! ” He said, standing in front of a tree which had a slightly different shade of brown on the bark.
He then proceeded to stab it, causing the fog which was on the ground to engulf him and bring him to the next illusion.
After the fog faded away, Nico found himself in an illusion which looked exactly like the last one, if he didn know any better then he would have thought it was the same one as the last.
Same as the last time, Nico closely inspected the trees and found the one that differentiated from the others. But, instead of stabbing it, he stabbed the one next to it. He then moved on to stab all of the surrounding trees, except the one he was supposed to.
When there was only the tree he was supposed to stab left not stabbed, a notification showed up.
[The Illusionary Key Tree was awakened by your persistent failures.]
There we go!
Seeing the notification, Nicos heart jumped in glee. This is what he wanted, or to be exact, he wanted what was inside of the Illusionary Key Tree.
”GGGRRAAA! ” The Key tree released a strange sound which sounded like a grumble mix with a roar.
Knowing what happens next, Nico jumped back to a safe distance to spectate. Shortly after he jumped back the ground where he was previously standing started to crack, the crack started to spread and finally covered over half of the entire illusion before the Key trees roots bursted out from them.
The same moment the roots bursted out of the crack, Nico unraveled his spear and prepared himself for whats to come.
”RAAAGGAA! ” The Key tree yelled, seemingly mad that someone awoke it from its slumber and shot its roots towards the culprit, Nico.
Nico knew that he was far too weak to take even one hit from these roots and that he didn have the strength to block them so he was left with only one choice, something that he was forced to perfect in the Obelisk, Dodge and Deflect.
There were many weapons and abilities that monsters in the Obelisk used that could cause fatal damage with only one strike regardless of the players abilities, these skills which monsters used were called wipeout attacks by the community. And although this attack from the Illusionary Key Tree wasn one of those wipeout attacks, Nico still treated it as such because he was so weak at the moment.
Seeing the first of the many roots coming his way, Nico lowered his legs and did something the key tree didn expect, he dashed at it.
I have dodged and deflected things much more difficult to track than this, if this wasn easy to me then my pride would take too much of a hit to keep moving on! He thought, as he dodged the first root and was now approaching the second.
This root was positioned in a way to where Nico couldn dodge it, so instead he swung his spear to meet it and forced the root to change its course.
He had to dodge and deflect a few more roots before finally reaching the body of the Key Tree. Nico then stabbed his spear into the bark of the tree in a precise location and stood on it, waiting for the roots to be shot at him once again.
It didn take long before the roots began their pursuit towards Nico again, but this time they were going almost double the speed they previously were. It seemed like Illusionary Key Tree was embarrassed that Nico had avoided all of its attacks and was looking for redemption.
The Illusionary Key Tree wasn an intelligent creature so it failed to notice the twisted smile appearing on Nicos face.
Waiting until the roots got close enough to where the Key tree wouldn have time to stop its attack if it wanted, Nico then jumped off of his spear and landed on the ground, while looking up.
Gotcha! he thought.
Looking up Nico saw the roots that were chasing him plunging into the Key tree, breaking off some of its bark causing it to reveal a ruby-like sphere.
”RAAAA! ” The key tree howled in rage and pain.
Seeing his target, Nico pounced towards the sphere and gripped it as hard as he could. He then started to pull, but it wouldn budge.
Seeing the roots of the key tree starting to become active again, he panicked, brought out his spear and proceeded to cut the root like structures attached to the ruby sphere.
Cutting away the last root attached to the sphere, all that was left was the thick stem in the middle. Nico knew he couldn cut it so he switched back to his hands and started pulling again. At the same time, the key tree sent its roots towards Nico for one last attack.
”Come ONNN! ” Yelled Nico, pulling with all his strength as the key trees roots were only inches away from him.
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